Grown up all wrong

I don’t have a lot to say about this track by the Rolling Stones.  I don’t have a lot to say about anything at the moment because of the demands of caring for Aged Parent.  It was written by Keith Richard and Mick Jagger, and was released originally on the album 12 x 5 on the London label.  But occasionally, I think, did I grow up all wrong?  What would have happened if I’d made other choices, bought other shoes, gone out with different people?  Should I have had a Saturday job in Boots rather than the Milk Bar, should I have been a rocker, had my ears pierced?


When Grown up (all) Wrong came out in 1964, most of us just thought, rather like the more successful My Generation by the Who, that it was our song.  We had grown up all wrong – at least according to Sandra’s dad – and we were proud of it.  It’s not the deepest track in the world in terms of lyrics, it could have been more descriptive, with more examples of the exact wrongness of the growing up, but sitting in a dimly lit, cellar coffee bar, nursing a cooling cup of frothy coffee, waiting for the next interesting person to come in and talk about falling off their Lambretta LI, it was good enough.


7 thoughts on “Grown up all wrong

  1. Paul Bearman 10/10/2015 / 18:27

    Have to admit I don’t remember this track, unlike most of the others on the album. It seemed it was Beatles or Stones in those days, But I do remember it was ” Lambretta Li ” cos I had one, if you recall 🙂

    • thesixtiesmademe 10/10/2015 / 23:02

      Whoops – of course.
      But I don’t think I knew you in your LI days. It was Fergus’ car you got around in in those days

      • Paul Bearman 10/10/2015 / 23:44

        Actualy got stopped by a policeman in North Avenue on my way back from your house (for no MOT and insurance) and as your father was a Magistrate at the time, I hoped I did not land up before him lol

  2. Sue Katz 10/10/2015 / 23:20

    There’s a melancholy tone to this posting. I don’t recall the song – but I never listened to the Rolling Stones – then or now.

    • Sue Katz 10/10/2015 / 23:23

      Oops – it escaped before I finished. The dominant “different decision” I wonder about is what if my mother woulda let my dad take on the proffered franchise of that new-fangled company called McDonalds. Now, then we might’ve seen a different outcome.

      • elizabethwoodcraft 11/10/2015 / 11:29

        I once had a friend whose dad owned a fish and chip shop and her memories were of working long hours and her clothes smelling of fried food. So you’re probably lucky that it worked out the way it did.

  3. Steve 30/10/2015 / 21:55

    I still have my vinyl copy 😉

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